Does Your Rice Contain Cancer Promoting Metals?



Let me be clear, rice is a safe and healthy food, it is one of the most commonly consumed starchy carb sources in the world with billions eating it around the globe. However, recent batches of the nutritious grain may contain higher than safe levels of carcinogenic metals such as cadmium and arsenic. Many foods that grow in the earth contain arsenic, but it is generally in very small amounts, but it turns out that a Greenpeace agency in Asia found harmful levels of cadmium in 12 of 13 rice crops tested. Although the levels are deemed low enough not to cause an immediate health concern, the levels are higher than recommended all the same. So in order to reduce the risk of contaminants, consider rice grown in African countries such as Egypt, Ghana, and Tanzania. You might also wish to consider rice from India, Pakistan or Nepal, these have all shown lower levels of said metals.


Market Watch, (2014). Confronting China’s cadmium- laced rice crisis. Retrieved 5th September, 2014, from

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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